Majid Naficy: Painters
They have erected scaffolds by the bay
And are painting the high towers of power lines.
The seagulls circle over their heads
Sobbing for their lost lookouts.
I count. There are eight men
Working on the scaffolds
Talking to each other, two by two.
They don’t know that, for a while,
I worked for Master Rahim
Painting the railings of a rooftop
On Zafar Street in Tehran.
Everything looks different up there.
Life and death become light
And camaraderie takes a solid color.
Copyright 2019 Majid Naficy
Majid Naficy is the author of many books in Persian and in English including Father & Son (Red Hen). He lives in Los Angeles, California.